A useful guide to male motivation from Maurice White

As a boy, he sang in a church choir and was inspired to become a drummer by watching local marching bands. “I saw the guys in the band playing drums – they had on shiny suits and were getting all the attention from the girls,” he recalled. “So I decided: that’s what I want to do.”

That motivation explaining much of the world around us actually.

doesn’t matter very much what it is in your version of society that gets the girls’ attention, it’s the getting the attention that motivates.

As we’d sorta expect in a species that reproduces sexually.


By 1966 he had joined the Ramsey Lewis Trio, replacing Isaac “Red” Holt on drums. Over the next three years he played on nine of the jazz trio’s albums, including Wade in the Water (1966). White described Lewis as his “mentor”.

That’s how Ramsey Lewis became involved in Earth End and Fire then…..and that piece in particular is a fine piece of drumming. Nothing flashy.

and then there’s this, the Jimmy Saville connection:

Again, nothing flashy, but nicely done.

And how about the teenage high school band with Booker T?

6 thoughts on “A useful guide to male motivation from Maurice White”

  1. So Much For Subtlety

    Doesn’t Scott Adams say there are three types of advertising:

    1. I forget,
    2. Telling men if they buy this they will be sleeping with bikini models,
    3. Telling women if they buy this they will be bikini models.

    Of course that is all just sexism. We know that men are only really interested in a good discussion of respect in the workplace and then a firm handshake followed by a brisk cold shower.

  2. I’ve always said that every voluntary male action below the age of 40 has sex at the root of it. They need to eat, sleep and defecate, beyond that everything is fundamentally based on the question ‘Does this get me more pussy?’. Its only when the testosterone starts to wane in middle age that some (not all) men wake up, and realise that they’ve wasted about 30 years of their lives chasing a chimera.

  3. So Much For Subtlety

    Armies have used this for centuries. It always played a role in recruitment to the British Army – you sent the band into town to play and see if anyone would like to join up. It is why so many towns have those nice kiosks in parks.

  4. The Ramsey Lewis Trio was a fine jazz outfit in my youth. Later it went a distinctly pop-ish; pity, but they no doubt wanted to make a better living.

  5. I’d imagine Tim’s referring to Jimmy Saville, blues & jazzman, recorded with jimmy Witherspoon, Big Bill Broonzy & others in the sixties.

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